Old Mole Variety Hour

 

The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life.  The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society.  The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist.  (We count Karl Marx as a friend).

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 Our theme "Mole in the Ground" is by Bascom Lamar Lunsford  (1924), somtimes blended with a newer versions, like the one  by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder

Our graphic lettering is  by Charlie Ertola.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/01/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Audio

Climate Change: Latest IPCC Report

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
The latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out, and it predicts a catastrophic future for the planet and those who live on it.  In this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick,  economist Robin Hahnel explains what the report says and what kinds of policies must be undertaken to deal with the changes that are happening and to stave off the worst of them.  He also has a political analysis of how these policies might take effect.  
You can find the Climate Equity Calculators Hahnel refers to here.  

Capital in the 21st Century

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
Well-read Red Frann Michel surveys some of the discussion of Thomas Piketty's attempt to bring Karl Marx's insights into Capitalism up to date -- or at least some of those insights.  Piketty's main finding is that left to its own devices, Capitalism can't help but produce gross inequalities of the kind we are seeing now.  Making use of several reviewers and previews of the book itself, Frann considers the strengths and the limits of Piketty's analysis.  
You can read Frann's comments on her blog.

Middle Class Illusions

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
The middle class and the American Dream seem to be the concern of every politician.  But the golden age of the affluent middle class is long gone and wasn't really so golden.  Drawing on work by Arum Gupta, Clayton Morgareidge takes inventory of the ideological freight carried by the concept of the middle class.  

Middle Class Illusions

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
The middle class and the American Dream seem to be the concern of every politician.  But the golden age of the affluent middle class is long gone and wasn't really so golden.  Drawing on work by Arum Gupta, Clayton Morgareidge takes inventory of the ideological freight carried by the concept of the middle class.  

Movie Moles: "The Garden" (revisited)

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program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
To illustrate the kind of community work outside the system of wage labor and capital, we revisit the scene of "the garden" in a movie reviewed in 2011 by our Movie Moles.  A 14 acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, established after the riots of 1992, under threat from developers: that's the situation described in the documentary film The Garden, reviewed here by Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken. 

Movie Moles: "The Garden" (revisited)

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
To illustrate the kind of community work outside the system of wage labor and capital, we revisit the scene of "the garden" in a movie reviewed in 2011 by our Movie Moles.  A 14 acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, established after the riots of 1992, under threat from developers: that's the situation described in the documentary film The Garden, reviewed here by Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with an effort to (sort of ) rewrite Marx's Capital for the 21st Century; the illusion that the American Dream can be restored to "the middle class"; the latest science on climate change and what it demands of us; and community gardening as an illustrationof a path beyond capitalism.  

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow the numbered links below.  Comments are welcome.  If you are on Facebook, we urge you to like us there.  

1.  Economist Robin Hahnel talks with Bill Resnick about the latest IPCC report on climate change and what can and must be done.  

2.  Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses a new book about capitalism and inequality that takes Marx seriously.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge analyzes ideological illusions about middle class life and the American Dream.  

4.  Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken review a documentary about a community garden and the struggle to keep it.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with an effort to (sort of ) rewrite Marx's Capital for the 21st Century; the illusion that the American Dream can be restored to "the middle class"; the latest science on climate change and what it demands of us; and community gardening as an illustrationof a path beyond capitalism.  

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow the numbered links below.  Comments are welcome.  If you are on Facebook, we urge you to like us there.  

1.  Economist Robin Hahnel talks with Bill Resnick about the latest IPCC report on climate change and what can and must be done.  

2.  Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses a new book about capitalism and inequality that takes Marx seriously.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge analyzes ideological illusions about middle class life and the American Dream.  

4.  Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken review a documentary about a community garden and the struggle to keep it.

On Wage Work and Wanting Less of It

program date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014
Joe Clement talks with Peter Frase about the desirability of working less, the possibility of the shorter work week, and the nature of wage and other labor. They discuss the productivity and problems of wage labor and the value of what is known as "free time"; the varied possible meanings of "full employment"; and the need for collective struggles to change the balance of power in the labor market. They touch on Kathi Weeks' book on The Problem with Work, and the importance of unwaged and immaterial labor. Joe mentions his interview last week with Anna Coote, available here: https://kboo.fm/content/towarda30hourworkweek. Frase is an editor at Jacobin Magazine and a graduate student in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center.


Book Mole: Lively Memoir

program date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Penelope Lively's not-quite-memoir Dancing Fish and Ammonites, dispatches from Old Age, which, unlike much writing on later life, focuses on what is left rather than what is lost with age. Larry surveys a number of works from Lively's prizewinning literary career, which, like this new volume, has focused on memory and history, writing and reading.


Comments

Avatar's Jake Sully is ---- Tarzan - - -

 

A great review I've seen on Avatar (and how the soldier will save the people):

http://www.progressive.org/mp/danto010510.html

There is a link from there that exposes Cameron's plot as a mirror of Pocahontas, amazing parallel!      http://failblog.org/2010/01/10/avatar-plot-fail/

 

Since watching Avatar, I have viewed older videos on DVD and would rate that ahead of Avatar.

 

mel

 

 

 

commentary transcripts

It's convenient to have the Old Mole audio files available.
Even more useful for some of us would be transcripts of the commentaries (Clayton Morgareidge). Written material allows a person a chance to review, consider, digest and refer to mentioned references & thinkers. The "Well Read Red" commentary from 4 Aug 08 is a good example of a piece I'd like to read at my own pace.

transcripts

We will see to it that this happens whenever there is a prepared text. Thanks for the suggestion. Clayton Morgareidge The Old Mole Variety Hour

These folks are so profound

These folks are so profound and fascinating, especially the Resnick guy. Wow!

 

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